Admission to the International Relations Program

Students request entry to either the International Relations Specialist or International Relations Major program after they have successfully completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Arts and Science (mimimum 4.0 credits).

In addition to completing a statement of interest, students must achieve the minimum average grades in the pre-requisite courses listed below to be considered for admission to the program.  Please note that achieving these grades does not guarantee an applicant entry to the program. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an information session, arranged through the office of the International Relations Program.

International Relations is a type 3 subject post and the enrolment period for 2014-2015 is from April 1st to May 15th. There is no second request period.

Consult  the website http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/subject-post-enrolment, follow carefully the instructions for type 3 subject posts and complete the application form for the International Relations Program.

Specialist Program

Students must achieve an average of at least 75% in the three required first year courses:

  • ECO 100Y1/105Y1
  • HIS 103Y1 or TRN 150Y1/151Y1 or two of VIC 181H1, 183H1, 184H1, 185H1
  • One introductory modern language course or MAT 133Y1/137Y1

The Economics Department advises that ECO 100Y1 will provide the most appropriate background for International Relations specialists who intend to take higher-level courses in the discipline. Please note that MAT 133Y1/137Y1 is a prerequisite for a number of higher-level economics courses.

Major Program

Students must achieve an average of at least 70% in the two required first year courses:

  • ECO 100Y1/105Y1
  • HIS 103Y1 or TRN 150Y1/151Y1 or two of VIC 181H1, 183H1, 184H1, 185H1

While we encourage all IR students to take ECO 100Y1, students who do not intend to take higher-level Economics courses other than the required ECO 230Y1/ECO 342Y1 may find ECO 105Y1 to be an appropriate choice.

Switching from the Major to Specialist Program

Students may change from the International Relations Major to the International Relations Specialist only if they meet current Specialist requirements and only if places are available.

In case of conflicting information, the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar should be assumed to be correct.